The Civil War, Now in Living Color

188374_10150136440405747_803215746_6646993_415462_nSmithsonian Magazine has published some examples of the work of John C. Guntzelman, who has colorized Civil War photos by Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner in his book The Civil War in Color: A Photographic Reenactment of the War Between the States. I admit that I was a skeptic when I heard of the process. Colorization often reduces fine art like cinema or old photos to garish cartoons. Yet, the results are stunning. The article is well-worth reading for a taste of what the full book contains.

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  1. I went through the book several times. There was some odd coloring (specifically when it had to do with eyes in a couple of portraits), but other than that I thought they were really good!

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